There is not other way to describe Jon Peters than as a shining star. We met a couple years ago when the two of us worked at American Apparel. I remember one of my colleagues telling me, “You are going to love this boy. He skateboards, plays fiddle, is a photographer and speaks fluent French.” His ability to make a girl giggle and be the kind of person you can turn to when you are sad makes him an obvious candidate to be featured on welikeniceboys.com.
Jon met us on the rooftop patio of Broken City and as he walked towards us in his black wayfarers, his 5 foot and 9 inch persona radiated of hugs and smiles. He couldn’t have been any cuter until the first thing he uttered was, “Man, my mom is so excited that I’m going to be on the website! She also said that I have to mention the cats. So remind me to mention the cats!” We ordered nachos and gin and tonics and he insisted on doing the Q&A first because he often finds it difficult to talk about himself.
He is a talented photographer who is incredibly camera shy who does, in fact, play fiddle, speak French fluently and skateboard.
It is impossible to be in a bad mood around Jon. He has the ability to make you feel like you are the centre of the universe and that the centre of the universe is perfect. The entire time we sat with him, he had us smiling, laughing and feeling quite good about the sunshine that accompanied our interview.
Jon is about feeling good and being surrounded by good people. He is humble, hilarious and handsome. He is one of those boys that you sit next to and want so badly to impress. Not because you feel like he is interviewing you for a job or competing with you but because his presence is something you want to keep around you for as long as you can.
Jon is not only a considerate, well-rounded individual with marketable skills and a smile that can light up the darkest day, he is also one of the most reliable friends I have. If you get a chance to get to know this boy, jump on it.
What is your deal?
What’s my deal? Oh my god what a way to start! I don’t know man. I don’ think I have a deal.. I just like to hang out with people and have fun. I don’t know!!!
Do you like sports?
I like watching sports I’ve been getting into soccer lately. As far as playing sports, absolutely not. I was a goal tender for my community league in Sunnyside when I was a kid but I was afraid of the ball so every time the ball came at me, I’d hide in the other corner.
Like George Michael Bluth does?
What is your favourite animal to play with?
Is that cats with an “s” or “z”?
Z. For sure.
What is your favourite animal to eat?
This is going to sound really weird but I really like alligator.
What are you most afraid of?
I am terrified of deep open water and heights. Which is pretty funny because I used to work as a lifeguard.
So you were a lifeguard who was afraid of water and a goal tender who was afraid of the ball?
At this point in the interview, a server in the bar interrupts us to say, “Are you Jon Peters? Holy shit.”
Are you spontaneous?
I’m probably the most un-spontaneous person. The most spontaneous thing I’ve done was decide move to Montréal by myself and make the move in within a month.
What is your guilty pleasure?
I love Food. I really love food. I guess its not really a guilty pleasure because I don’t really feel too bad about it but I can eat.
Do you like your food separated or touching?
I have a really funny anecdote about that! I was at a wedding. It was my best friend’s sister who was getting married to this Nigerian dude. There was this one scary, awful smelling dish that no body wanted to try but I was just the right combination of drunk and adventurous at the time to give it a try. It turned out to taste exactly how it smelled so I had to use the bread on my plate to form a little dam to keep this stuff from touching the rest of my meal…
So, yeah. Separated for sure
Who is your celebrity man crush?
I don’t know. Brad Pitt? I like anybody with good style. Anybody who wears skinny ties and can rock that. OH! And a little scruff.
Who is your real life man crush?
There is this instructor at ACAD who I think is suave. He’s this big Italian dude. I always see him walking down the hallways smiling at people and when you look at him you know that that guy can sculpt shit!
Tell us your best pick-up line.
I don’t think I know a pick up line but I’ll tell you something I told to my ex-girlfriend once as a joke, “Hey is your dad a baker? Cause you have nice buns.” Oh and also, “Heeeyyy giiiirrrrrlll.”
Tell us a joke.
That one wasn’t a joke? I think that pick up line counts as a joke
Tupac or Biggie.
Biggie. Hands down.
What side of the bed do you sleep on?
When you’re looking at your feet while lying on the bed, I’m on the left side.
Now, I’ve been in your room and seen your bed (We were working on a photo project together. Do not get any ideas.) and I noticed that there is an alarming amount of throw pillows. Why so many?
I think that my bed looks empty if you don’t have pillows on it! I have a pretty large bed.
So what do you do when you go to sleep?
I push them all over to the right side.
What is most important?
My family is number one.
Who do you love?
The biggest love I have right now is for my friends and family. OH, and my grandma! These are the people I love.
You can check out some of Jon’s photography at http://ihardlyknowher.com/jpeters-photography